Drew Carey Calls for Open Borders in New Reason.tv Video

What do English-speaking soccer superstar David Beckham and

working-class Mexican immigrants have in common? Carey says they both make

America a better place

Apr 01, 2008, 01:00 ET from Reason Foundation

    LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "I think we
 should welcome all peaceful people to our country," says Drew Carey in a
 new Reason.tv video examining the contentious immigration debate. "They get
 to pursue the 'American Dream' and we get to benefit from all the wonderful
 things that immigrants bring to our country - like good old fashioned
 soccer. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me."
     While workers from Mexico draw the ire and fiery rhetoric of
 anti-immigration forces, Carey points out that there was no outrage or
 concern when English-speaking soccer star David Beckham brought his family
 and curling free kicks to America.
     "Americans, especially, LA Galaxy fans were very excited and greeted
 David Beckham with open arms when he came here to play in Los Angeles, even
 though he took the roster spot away from some poor, hard-working American
 kid," Carey says in the Reason.tv video. "So I guess we're very welcoming
 when it comes to rich, famous Brits. And we love our Beatles. But are we as
 welcoming when it comes to people from other countries?"
     "You can't get through a day of news without some politician or pundit
 complaining that the greatest security threat to the United States is the
 influx of Spanish speakers from across the border with Mexico," says Nick
 Gillespie, editor of Reason.tv and Reason.com. "This anti-immigrant panic
 and the worries that the country is being taken over by Spanish-speakers
 isn't grounded in reality. Statistics show that about 80 percent of
 third-generation Latinos in the United States speak English as their
 dominant language -- and exactly 0 percent speak Spanish as their dominant
 language. For over 200 years, immigrants have been assimilating and making
 this country better and they're still doing that today."
     Full Video Online
     The Reason.tv Drew Carey video, Immigration: The Beckham Factor, is
 online at: http://reason.tv/video/show/62.html.
     An archive of Drew Carey's Reason.tv videos, including features on
 medical marijuana, school choice, poker bans, America's middle class, and
 eminent domain, is online at: http://reason.tv/featuredvids/.
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